Trump Says ‘Lot Of Progress’ Needed to Stop 5 Percent Mexico Tariff


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U.S. and Mexican officials labored for a second day Thursday to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the flow of Central American migrants across America’s southern border.

Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the talks from his travels in Pennsylvania, said the U.S. was “encouraged” by Mexico’s latest proposals but that, so far, tariffs still were set to take effect on Monday.

He added that it would be “for the president to decide” whether Mexican was doing enough to head off the tariffs. Pence said that, among other issues, negotiators had been discussing a potential agreement to make it difficult for those who enter Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S. Mexico has long resisted that request.

Trump has threatened to impose a 5% tax on all Mexican goods beginning Monday as part of an escalating tariff regime opposed by many in his own Republican Party.

The frantic, last-minute talks underscore Trump’s chaotic approach even when decisions have enormous economic consequences for both the U.S. and its closest allies. Trump has embraced tariffs as a tool he can use as leverage against other countries, dismissing the potential harm to American consumers and manufacturers.

Traveling in Europe, Trump told reporters that negotiators had made “a lot of progress,” but continued to play coy.

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said in Ireland before leaving for France to attend a D-Day ceremony. “But something pretty dramatic could happen. We’ve told Mexico the tariffs go on. And I mean it, too. And I’m very happy with it.”

It remained unclear whether any deal could be struck with Trump out of the country. Many in Washington still expect the tariffs to go into effect barring a major new concession from Mexico, though lawmakers who have been in talks with both U.S. and Mexican officials said they were hopeful a deal could be reached to satisfy Trump, or at least delay the tariffs’ implementation.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard spent several hours at the State Department Thursday morning, while Trump’s legal counsel and other Mexican aides met at the White House Thursday afternoon.

Ebrard told reporters as he left the State Department that progress was being made and that he was likely to return following consultations at the embassy. He returned in early evening.

His spokesman, Roberto Velasco, tweeted that “Options continue to be explored.”

“The stance of the United States is focused on measures of migratory control, ours on development,” he said.

White House spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp said in an interview that conversations were continuing but “it looks like we’re moving toward this path of tariffs because what we’ve seen so far is that the Mexicans, what they’re proposing, is simply not enough.”

Pence, who led the discussions Wednesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials, told reporters in Pennsylvania that the administration had “made it very clear that our neighbors to the south, Mexico, must do more to end the tide of illegal immigration that is besetting our southern border.”

During Wednesday’s talks, the gulf between the countries was clear as Mexico offered small, thus far undisclosed concessions, and the U.S. demanded major action. A senior administration official said the U.S. once again pressed Mexico to step up enforcement on its southern border and to enter into a “safe third country agreement” that would make it difficult for those who enter Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S.

But Mexico surprised U.S. officials Thursday when they returned to the negotiating table and said they would commit to what Pence had requested, according to the official, who cautioned that significant questions about timing and implementation remain.

Trump officials have said Mexico can prevent the tariffs by securing its southern border with Guatemala, cracking down on criminal smuggling organizations and overhauling its asylum system. But the U.S. has not proposed concrete metrics to assess whether Mexico is complying, and it is unclear whether even those steps would be enough to satisfy Trump on illegal immigration, a signature issue of his presidency and one that he sees as crucial to his 2020 re-election campaign.

Beyond Trump and several White House advisers, few in the administration believe imposing tariffs is a good idea, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. Those people worry about the negative economic consequences for Americans and believe the tariffs — which would likely spark retaliatory taxes on U.S. exports — would also hurt the administration politically. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Republicans in Congress have warned the White House that they are ready to stand up to the president to try to block his tariffs, which they worry would spike costs to U.S. consumers, harm the economy and imperil a major pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal .

Democratic House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said he will introduce a resolution of disapproval to stop the tariffs if Trump goes through with his threat, panning it as presidential “overreach.”

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border hit the highest level in more than a decade in May: 132,887 apprehensions, including a record 84,542 adults and children traveling together and 11,507 children traveling alone.



  1. Unless the Republicans in Congress pull rank on him since: 1) most Republicans are still pro-trade; 2) Most Republicans are conservatives who favor the traditional approach to the constitution under which Congress makes laws and sets tax rates, not the president.

  2. Trump is clueless. He misstakes bluster for policy and ends up harming himself and his country. What ever happened to his threats to close down the southern border? He has achieved nothing with all his senseless bullying. Nothing with China. Nothing with Iran. Nothing with NK. Nothing with Obamacare. Nothing with DACA. Nothing with wall funding and will also achieve nothing with Mexico. Running America is different than buying and selling real estate in NY and in any case his bussiness record is filled with failures. Trump is good with one thing only and that is fooling those that want to be fooled by him.

  3. Crazy….
    He was vetoed on border wall funding and now won a court victory.
    So hes winning on the border.

    The Chinese are coming up with a jew deal because they are on the back foot and want trade with the US.
    Iran is isolated, and the Europeans are now on his side and will stay with the US position on Iran.
    NK he has had 2 summits, which is more than all the president combined in my lifetime.
    They have done no nuclear tests since he came to office and they have opened the doors to negotiate on trade.
    Obamacare is slowly but surely being wiped out. It was unconstitutional and the courts again within the last few weeks gave him a victory. Hopefully it will be history soon. (Forcing people to pay for other’s insurance, go to China and USSR for those policies)

    Win for Trump. Crying for those that hate the US.
    I know it’s hard for you to see him win so much.

    P.s. I have an uncle who works specifically with patients who suffer from TDS. Maybe YWN can get us I’m touch and I’ll give you his information.

  4. The foul mouthed degenerate lying adulterer is a one trick pony, trade- raise taxes, immigration- raise taxes, obstruction- raise taxes ( and cover up of course)

  5. “coming up with a jew deal”

    Exactly the kind of anti-Semitic meme that Trump himself would spout.

    Republicans used to be hostile to tax increases. Now Trump is raising them like crazy and they are doing nothing. Replace them all with Democrats in 2020. (And vote in Democratic primaries to keep the left wing nuts out of power. The only difference between a left wing nut and a right wing nut is….well…I can’t think of one.)